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Video Sunday: Not For All North Carolina

We’re going to look at three very different book trailers today.  Two are for YA novels, and one for a picture book.  This first is what happens when a publisher puts a little money into trailer creation.  In spite of the wall of keyboards score, this is the pattern I see book previews taking in the future. It certainly makes no bones about owing its existence to traditional movie trailers too.  I was unaware that there even were Hunger Games-related trailers out there.  Shows what I know.  Thanks to Jacket Whys for the link.

In other news, Penguin was all happy dappy this week about their new online multimedia site thing (I’m 90% sure they’ve a different name for it than that).  Apparently it is "published seasonally" or something along those lines.  All I care is that it provides me with cool videos, like this interview with National Ambassador of Children’s Literature, Jon Scieszka.  All I will tell you is that disrobing is involved.  It is, unfortunately, not something I can embed here.  Alack.

For the record, I have repeatedly tried and failed to locate the mythical video of 800+ kids giving Ambasador Scieszka the customary "salaam", as instructed to do so by David Shannon.  Jon claims it’s out there on the interwebs somewhere, but I cannot find it.

But let’s go back to professionally made book trailers.  I’m all for low-budget creativity, but there’s also something to be said for trailers that give it their all.  This one‘s less teaser trailer and more actual trailer.  See what you think.

If I could change something about it, I’d have the voiceover done by someone with a younger sounding voice.  But generally it would make for a good example trailer for those folks interested in examining a variety of style.

One hot topic of discussion these last few months has been the use of race in Patricia Wrede’s The Thirteenth Child.  But why look at only one book?  What about other titles out there like The Hunger Games?  Author Mitali Perkins has started an interesting series called 12 Seconds, where she gives herself that amount of time to post a question.  In this case, she asks how you see the race of the characters in the book so as to start a discussion.  Thanks to Finding Wonderland for the link.

This last book trailer is a little more typical of the ones you can make yourself.  I do like that since this is historical fiction they’ve worked news clippings and photographs into the text itself.  And thank heavens for public domain music, eh?

Today’s final off-topic weirdness is one of my favorite songs, set to a GameBoy beat.  If it looks a little herky jerky, it’s not because of your computer.  That’s just the way the video is.  The song plays quite well audibly in any case.

Thanks to Neil Gaiman’s blog for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. ChrisVA says:

    I find it hilarious that while I can’t find David Shannon instigating any ambassadorial salaams for Jon S., Scieszka does a fair amount of instigating on his own. At YouTube look for NC Salaam, Nebraska Salaam, Ambassador Salaam. He’s the humblest of the humble ambassadors!

  2. Oh, ChrisVA, I love you. WHY didn’t I think to try youtube (and why did Google fail me so utterly.) So far the Nebraska Salaam is my favorite, including as it does the medal AND the maniacal laughter.